A5 – Establishing a UN joint Climate-Security Risk Mechanism

Description & Objectives:

The link between the effect of climate change and the complex questions of security is now collectively termed “climate-security” and has in turn been subject to an increasingly broad debate on both the scientific and the policy community. After a series of open-briefs/discussions, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) lifted the issue to the highest level of political discourse on international peace and security, with for example the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2349 on lake Chad.

As the issue has now been lifted to the highest of political discourse on international peace and security, what needs to be done by the UN System to better identify, analyses and adequately prevent and respond to climate related security risks? 

This interactive workshop explores this question by informing about a new UN initiative to establish an institutional mechanism to support member states with the assessment of climate related security risk and with the development and implementation of integrated prevention strategies.  

Key objective of this interactive workshop is to present and discuss finding of four climate security risk assessments, undertaken by SIPRI, country perspectives and identify opportunities to improve risk information and implement prevention strategies at the national/regional level.  This event is primarily targeted at policymakers and practitioners, including donor representatives, UN agencies, INGOs, research institutes in the field of risk assessment, prevention, peacebuilding and development.  


Key Objectives:

  • Present findings and experience of country based climate risk assessment (commissioned by SIPRI) and how these risk assessment are able to inform the ongoing work, in the UN as well as member states.
  • Provide an overview of the progress made in the UN, including the establishment of a UN climatesecurity mechanism
  • Discuss challenges/opportunities on how the UN can better support Member States to assess and manage climate related security risks (focus on the UN instead of individual countries).  

Outline key messages that could support the continued progress in the UN system to assess and address climate-related security risks. 


Outline/format of the workshop structure

The format of the workshop would be a series of presentations/interventions followed by moderated panel of representatives of the suggested entities through rounds of questions. The moderator would ask the panelists/participants direct questions on the 3th objective (challenges and opportunities). For the last round of questions, the audience will be asked to participate in the discussion and the last round being the concluding round with the panelists providing a summary statement.

The organizers of the workshop will provide report/policy brief of the discussions along with recommendations made by the panelists/participants and audience.

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